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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy filed new permanent rules today for the 1.5 percent green energy technology for public buildings program. The rules go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
The new rules incorporate changes from Senate Bill 1533 (2012) and clarify program procedures. The changes expand the types of green energy technology use for public buildings to include geothermal electricity generation or geothermal energy direct use for space or water heating and the option to employ green technology away from the site. In addition, these rules clarify the total contract price used to calculate the 1.5 percent requirement.
A copy of the rules can be found on the ODOE website at http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/Pages/Rulemaking-for-1.5-Green-Energy-Technology-in-Public-Buildings-SB-1533-(2012)-.aspx.
In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2620, requiring all new public building construction or major renovation projects to spend 1.5 percent of the total contract price on solar energy technology (if the total contract price was at least $1 million). Public buildings include, but are not limited to, those used by state agencies, community colleges, school districts, education services districts and local governments.
In 2012, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1533, expanding the types of projects eligible to meet the 1.5 percent requirement.
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for home owners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.